St. Joseph’s coach Phil Martelli had an interesting response when asked how important Saturday’s 59-49 win over visiting Xavier was.
From this vantage point, it was the most important win of the season, with the Hawks reeling after Wednesday’s 73-64 home loss to St. Bonaventure.
If the Hawks would have lost to Xavier, they would be 1-4 in the A-10. While 2-3 isn’t exactly a position to feel very comfortable about, it sure beats having only one win in five games.
St. Joseph’s guard Langston Galloway is listed as probable for Saturday’s 6 p.m. Atlantic 10 matchup with Xavier at Hagan Arena.
Galloway was poked in the left eye with 2 minutes and 19 seconds remaining in the first half and never returned during Wednesday’s 73-64 loss to visiting St. Bonaventure.
After the game, he said he had some blurry vision but that even by then it was clearing up. Galloway has returned to practice.
There are so many theories for the disappointing season to date for St Joseph’s basketball team, but sophomore guard Chris Wilson has the best explanation.
“Nobody has played up to their potential,” Wilson said following Wednesday’s 73-64 loss to St. Bonaventure at Hagan Arena. “It is really frustrating.”
That’s a theory we have been suggesting for awhile, that nobody has returned this season as a vastly improved layer.
Daryus Quarles went from two-year starter to forgotten man this season at St. Joseph’s, but recently he has re-entered into the picture.
The 6-foot-6 junior forward from Paulsboro High, played 19 minutes in the Hawks opening win over Yale and then saw scant playing time until the past three games.
In the win over Duquesne, he had nine points in 16 minutes and then added nine points (hitting all four field goal attempts). Quarles continued his solid play with seven points in 17 minutes during Saturday’s 79-59 win over Penn at the Palestra.
St. Joseph’s junior forward Halil Kanacevic will miss the Hawks next few games due to a death in the family.
Kanacevic’s maternal uncle passed away this week and he is accompanying his parents to their homeland of Montenegro.
It is believed that he could return after two games. The Hawks play Saturday at Duquesne and Thursday at VCU.
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Butler coach Brad Stevens was impressed with the entire St. Joseph’s team as he talked abou the Hawks in a conference call leading up to Wednesday’s Atlantic-10 opener for both teams at Hagan Arena.
The most interesting comments were about Hawks junior center C.J. Aiken.
“Aiken I think is a pro down the road with his ability to block shots and makes shots, catch and shoot,” Stevens said.
BALTIMORE -- If anybody bleeds the Crimson and gray of Saint Joseph’s University, it’s Joe Lunardi. While many know him as the ESPN Bracketologist, Lunard is among the most dedicated Saint Joseph’s fan.
He is a 1982 Saint Joseph’s graduate and current associate vice president for marketing and communications at the school. In addition to being the radio basketball analyst. Lunardi also serves as a college basketball analyst, doing selected games.
Saturday’s 70-60 win at Morgan State was the 900th St. Joe’s that Lunardi has attended.
BALTIMORE -- Langston Galloway knows that there are more ways he can help Saint Joseph’s team than just shooting, but on the other hand, this is a different team when the junior guard is hitting consistently from the perimeter.
This season Galloway hasn’t matched his marksmanship of a year ago when he connected on more than 46 percent from beyond the arc.
Galloway is shooting 36.7 percent from three-point range, which many shooters would gladly take, but he knows he is capable of much better.
St. Joseph’s guard Carl Jones has been named the Atlantic-10 and Big 5 player of the week after scoring a season-high 32 points in Friday’s 96-91 win over Iona.
Jones connected on 12 of 19 field goal attempts, including 4 of 7 from beyond the arc, and also have five rebounds and four steals.
His previous season high was 24 points in a win over Harvard.